Join us as we take a closer look at some of the most prominent delectable hawker treats of Southeast Asia!
There isn’t anything quite like hawker food.
Those who live in Southeast Asia—especially in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand—will easily agree on the notion above, and rightfully so. Hawker foods have become a large part of numerous cultures in Southeast Asia, and to talk about the local cuisines of many parts of the region without mentioning them would be extremely difficult, if not impossible.
While the definition of hawker foods may not be easy to outline, the term generally refers to a genre of cuisine that is usually prepared by roadside stalls and open-air food courts or dining centres. These foods are especially famous for their incredible flavors, numerous textures, and affordable prices. The fact that they can be accessed, purchased and enjoyed easily also makes them favorites for meals at any time of day.
WHAT: Flat rice noodles, stir-fried with soy sauce, chili, dried shrimp paste, prawns, cockles, eggs, bean sprouts, and fish cakes. It is sometimes prepared with pork sausages and pork lard, but there are plenty of vendors in the region who make the dish without the inclusion of any form of pork.
WHERE: Popular in Malaysia and Singapore
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WHAT: This rich and creamy variation of Southeast Asia’s beloved laksa presents yellow noodles or rice vermicelli that is served in a curry soup which is made from coconut milk, along with condiments like bean sprouts, chicken strips, shrimp and fish cakes. It is usually eaten with servings of chili paste.
WHERE: Popular in Malaysia and Singapore
WHAT: Oily rice that is prepared by cooking rice with chicken stock, pandan leaves and a paste that is made of ginger and garlic. This rice is then served with pieces of roasted or steamed chicken, along with a drizzle of soy sauce, fresh slices of cucumber and a dipping sauce that is usually made of chili and ginger.
WHERE: Popular in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
Today's lunch! Stall bought soy sauce chicken, added some poached kailan. Used our portable stove to cook a bowl of boiling hot wanton soup. Served with homecooked chicken rice using Dancing Chef paste. Yummy! We still had Chateraise ice cream for dessert! Omg! So full! ? #wenworklunch #aug2017 #sgig #sgfoodie #instafood #instalunch #chickenrice #yummy #soysaucechicken #wantonsoup #油鸡饭 #丰富的午餐 #好饱啊
WHAT: Pieces of marinated meat—usually beef, chicken, fish or lamb—that are collected on a wooden skewer and cooked over a charcoal grill, giving them a smoky and decadent flavor. These skewers are then served with a spicy peanut-based sauce, alongside pieces of fresh cucumber, onion slices and rice cakes that are referred to as lontong or ketupat.
WHERE: Popular in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand
WHAT: A soybean pudding that is usually served with a syrup that is derived from either white sugar or palm sugar. Hailing from China, this dish can be enjoyed both cold or hot and is commonly eaten as dessert. The syrup is sometimes flavored with ginger and pandan leaves too. Some also enjoy having this pudding with a glass of fresh soy milk.
WHERE: Popular in Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore
WHAT: Sliced banana wedges that are immersed in batter and are deep fried to create fritters that are crunchy on the outside but sweet and sticky on the inside. Usually eaten at tea time or as dessert, modern take on this simple snack present it with various complementary components, including—but not limited to—vanilla ice-cream, cheese, and chocolate syrup.
WHERE: Popular in Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand
Lido legendary fried banana fritter, operated by an old couple. Always long queued, they slice 1 whole piece of banana into 5 slices. The taste is just so good, so crispy! Whenever i crave for fried banana this is the place i’ll go! I? Rm1.20 per piece I? Lido Square Food Court I⏳ After 11am until around 3pm – Serves no Pork #foodpornsabah
WHAT: As its name—which means ‘mixture’ in Malay—indicates, rojak is a dish that marries a vast array of ingredients together under a blanket of sauce of gravy. Often regarded as a Southeast Asian salad of sorts, its most popular rendition is fruit-themed, featuring chunks of pineapple, cucumber, rose apple, sour mango, and other fruits that are dressed with a combination of sugar, lime juice, dried shrimp paste, chili and chopped peanuts.
WHERE: Popular in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore
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